Wellness tea blends are a relatively new category of teas, or at least a newly named category. They’re unique in that they combine Camellia sinensis tea with herbs for functional health benefits.
These aren’t your fruity, just-to-taste-good blends found at many tea retailers. And they’re not entirely herbal blends like you’d find in a herbalist’s shop.
Wellness teas are power tea-herb blends: the combination of (1) tea with all it’s health-promoting properties and (2) herbs that have used to treat, heal, and cure for centuries in traditional and indigenous medicine. (If you’re familiar with medicinal herbs, herbalism, or ethnobotany, you know that herbs have long been recognized as plants that can treat and cure, and that certain combinations are frequently used together because of how well they work synergistically.)
What makes “wellness tea blends” different from regular tea-herb blends, is that they are health-promoting, have a functional purpose, and have wellness-specific actions, benefits, or uses.
And, when done well, wellness tea blends can be pretty tasty, too.
(Throughout this article–and the others on this site–I’ll use the single term “tea” to refer to Camellia sinensis, “herb(s)” / “herbals” to refer to herbs, and “wellness tea” or blends to refer to a combination.)
Now that we have an understanding of what wellness teas are, here are the top reasons why I love them and why you should consider them the not-so-secret addition to your healthy lifestyle.
Tea, as we know, has health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to blood sugar control, boosting metabolism to preventing cataracts and blindness, from reducing stress to mitigating allergies, and improving skin complexion to enhancing focus and memory.
If you look at the broad spectrum of herbs, across Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and indigenous medicine, it’s possible to find herbs that do all these same things, and much more.
By combining the one tea plant that does these numerous things with specific herbs that are known for certain conditions, the blend can actually have a more purposeful application. The herbs and tea act as a catalyst for each other to make the effect more targeted.
For example, we know tea can boost metabolism, aid weight control, and help manage blood sugar, then adding herbs that also aid weight control and support stable blood sugar, we now have a more purpose-driven blend. If done right, this blend is even more effective at supporting weight loss than either tea or herbs alone. (You may even say our BeLight Tea fits that description.)
The same approach could be taken for cancer, stress, skin/acne, cholesterol, inflammation, allergies, arterial health, or memory.
The second advantage to wellness tea blends is that compared to drinking pure tea, there’s less caffeine–perfect for someone sensitive to or trying to cut back on caffeine.
On the flip side, mixing tea into herbs provides a lift in energy and focus, generally not experienced with herbal drinks.
Wellness tea blends, in my experience, have about 8-25mg of caffeine per serving. Compare that to herbals, which have no caffeine (for the most part), or a single serving of tea which ranges from 14mg to 126mg, or a single serving of coffee which contains 50-340mg of caffeine.
For someone like me, who is sleep-sensitive to caffeine, wellness tea blends allow me to have many cups everyday without overloading my system with caffeine would be the case with an equal number cups of green or oolong tea.
Variety of Tastes
Though each tea and type of tea will have its own nuances in taste profile, these may be too subtle for some people. Likewise, the astringency or bitterness of tea may be overwhelming or off-putting for some.
The same could be said of different herbs: some are quite bitter, earthy, or just unappealing. However, others sweet, floral, and more pleasant flavors.
By varying the ratios of tea to herbs and changing up the different kinds of herbs, we can create almost limitless flavor profiles. And for those who like bold drinks, as most Americans do, this is a preferred experience over the subtlety of tasting tea.
For example, I’m currently drinking a wellness tea called “Purity” by another company and it’s a bright pink color from hibuscus, with a citrus flavor and notes of bitterness and astringency. Compare that to our BeBalanced tea, which has a predominantly mint flavor with hints of sweetness, bitterness, and fruitiness.
Best of Both Worlds
Finally, wellness teas really do offer the best of both tea and herbs–I love both and this way I don’t have to play favorites.
Certainly some of the subtlety and refinement is lost in tea when it’s combined with herbs, but I think the advantages far outweigh that drawbacks.
Adding tea to herbs makes an herbal infusion that might otherwise not have any noticeable short-term effects be felt immediately with the boost in mental clarity and focus from the caffeine and L-Theanine in the tea.
With wellness tea blends, caffeine levels are moderated, taste varieties become infinite, and almost any functional health benefit can be enhanced.
For me personally, I love wellness teas because now I can drink more cups of ‘tea’ per day to reap the benefits I’m looking for and still sleep at night.
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